Letter: VOC needs alternate route to West Sedona


After reading that Yavapai County is studying building a new roadway connecting Cornville Road to State Route 260, I was intrigued. One reason cited was it could reduce emergency response times and relieve congestion. I haven’t seen any congestion on Cornville Road except when it’s closed for the occasional cattle crossings.

The county supervisors should use the same logic for connecting Verde Valley School Road to Red Rock Crossing Road, WS. We all know it will eventually be connected so why not do this now.

There is no quick trip from the VOC to WS for emergency vehicles, 179 is the only route. A quicker and shorter route to West Sedona would assist VOC high school buses, students and parents. This will ease traffic congestion in the Village; next Wednesday is July 4 or as we like to call it: “heavy traffic day so don’t drive to West Sedona from the Village on 179”.”

I urge Randy Garrison and the other county supervisors to consider this long needed shortcut. Connect Verde Valley School Road to West Sedona!

Sam Blom

Village of Oak Creek


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Redrock53 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Sam, I would love to agree with you but we would both be so wrong. There is no logic to connecting Verde Valley School Road to Red Rock Crossing as you claim. There IS in fact a very quick trip from VOC to WS and our YCSO and SFRD use it daily.If you took time to look at the situation, there is a brand new concrete 2 lane bridge recently built just 1/4 mi down the creek from Red Rock Crossing and it is used daily. Ask your County Commissioners who agreed to allow it to be built ! Making VVSR the "short cut" to WS would destroy the quality of life in the VOC as we know it, VVSR would have to be widened and the traffic flow would be a mess. The curves at night would require street lighting and would be a magnet for accidents, not to mention the total disruption of our wildlife. If you don't like the traffic in the VOC, suggest to your Sedona friends to get rid of the Council and Chamber and stop attracting day trippers. I also suggest you ask the folks across the creek if they want a another bridge!